International Residencies Programme
Created and managed by Acme Studios since 1987, the Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) enables international governments, cultural agencies and foundations to offer artists major work/live residencies in London.
On behalf of our partner institutions, Acme IRP acts as a strategic advisor and representative, negotiating accommodation, workspace and services, and providing social and cultural support for visiting residents.
Visiting residents are practising artists, curators, writers, musicians, composers, designers and architects. All residencies are based in East London, an area which has become the centre for visual artists' studios and galleries, attracting people from all over the world. Visiting residency holders are selected by the relevant partner organisations.
Through supporting artists to undertake a developmental residency in London, organisations also underpin their own cultural, social and developmental policy objectives within an international context. Acme IRP works closely with its partners to ensure that residency programmes successfully deliver long-term benefits to both the artist and the institution.
If you are an artist interested in applying directly to Acme for a residency in London, please apply via our Associate Artist Residency.
However, if you are resident in one of the following countries and would like to apply for an organisational residency please contact the relevant organisation via their website. We currently manage 20 residencies annually, working with eight partner institutions from:
If you are an organisation interested in discussing how Acme IRP can help your organisation establish a London Residency Programme, please see Establishing residencies for artists in London in 'Further Reading'. Or to discuss your specific needs, please contact:
General member of Res Artis - Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies
- Acme Studios
- 44 Copperfield Road
- E3 4RR
- T +44 (0)20 8981 6811
Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.